Salt & Light | Part 2

It was August of 2009, and my Summer break from Ministry School was drawing to a close. I had spent the Holidays speaking and doing a little bit of ministry at my Church back in England.

After that time had come to an end, one of the leaders invited me to the front, and asked the congregation to pray blessings over me as a thank you. He invited anyone who had been personally impacted by what I had released during that time, to come forward and pray. When he began to speak, the involuntary shaking began... If you've not seen that before it really is quite amusing! But it was what happened next I will never forget..

As people began to come forwards (mostly my friends and family), my natural eyes started to do something really weird: The closer people got me, the more I was unable to physically keep them open. The people started changing into intense streaks of light, then from streaks to nothing but light. It was like staring into the sun, only the sun was right in front of me. Then I seemed to disappear for a second. Apparently not physically, I am fairly sure someone would have noticed. But most definitely my spirit was up to something... different!

When I came around, I was hunched over, ears ringing, surrounded by people, and it felt like my heart was trying to escape out of my chest. I think the last thing I remember was my mother laughing behind me, it was more laughing at me than with me (thanks mum! real funny.. ha) It's hard to describe something that you've only experienced once, and honestly doesn't really make much sense. As far as I am aware, I was the only one who saw what I saw. And it opened my eyes (no pun intended), to what we as the church look like in the realm of the spirit.

Jesus said YOU are the light of the World!

There's no way you could hide the light that I saw that day, it was too bright and too blinding. Like a City set on a hill, you couldn't hide even if you tried. As I wrote in Part 1, You are the salt and light of the world. Salt for preservation and light for revelation. What do you need to do to bring preservation (salt)?..... Just show up! God is faithful and He wants you to be too. There's power in loving your City, and we often don't see the effect we are having in the world of the spirit. The story of Lot's wife seems to allude to this, she just couldn't give up what she lived to preserve (Genesis 19:26).

But how do you bring light (revelation)?

Throughout Jesus' life and ministry, He revealed to this kingdom, what it looked like to live in His Kingdom. Jesus is the perfect reflection of the Father. He modeled the value system of His very own Kingdom. He only did what He saw the Father doing!

One of the ways that Jesus modeled for us, was outlined in Acts 10:38.

"God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him."

Before you get upset, I want to add that this was just an example. There are many dimensions to the Kingdom. Performing signs and wonders (such as healing) is not the final word on revealing it, but in order to reveal the Kingdom we have to show it to people in all of its dimensions. Also, I am not reproducing the same fruit that Jesus modeled (not even close); but that doesn't mean that I am not meant to. Greater works was His declaration (the context being miracles).

My point is merely this.. Whatever God is revealing to you about His Kingdom (which is the expression of His nature), just keep living it out. He wants the way that you live, to reveal His nature to the Kingdoms here on the Earth. Sometimes the process of seeing takes a while, but you cannot show to other people what you cannot see. But be of good cheer, because He hides revelation for you, not from you! Which means His intention is to give it to those who want it.

Salt & Light | Part 1

In Jesus’s day, salt was used to keep food from going bad, it’s purpose was preservation. The test was in the taste, if it tasted like salt, it was still useful. As soon as it began to taste like fish (or whatever it was preserving) it was no longer good for use, and would be be thrown away.
Jesus said we that we are the salt and light of the Earth. Salt for preservation and light for revelation.

Your mission should you choose to accept it, can be found in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

We are to continue the ministry of Jesus, who came to reconcile the world to the Father.

How did He do this?

By judging what He was called to preserve....  No that doesn't sound right?!

There it is... "By not counting their trespasses against them!"

… the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son ...

(John 5:22)

… I did not come to judge the world, but to save it ...

(John 12:47)

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